short horse, TALL horse, Does it really matter?

Hello all!

I do ride and show Morgan horses.  I own a very nice  elderly Morgan that I compete with in the English Pleasure or Classic divisions depending on the show.   I am a TALL rider 5’8″ in height, and have a small build.  I have been told by many that I should be riding Saddlebreds and not Morgans because of my height.   With that being said, do you think the size of a horse relative to a person’s height matters when it comes to showing?  Should the size of the person be proportional to the build of the horse?  Should a rider that is too tall for the horse be penalized in the show ring?  What are your thoughts?

3 Responses to short horse, TALL horse, Does it really matter?

  1. sportymorgan says:

    One thing about Morgans is that many are quite round, and will take up your leg well even if they are small. There are also some taller Morgans around; they tend to look a bit more Saddlebred-y but are still Morgans. If you prefer Morgans, stay with them :)

  2. SeaSmoke says:

    I have the same issue and decided to drive my morgan intead. There are many tall riders that can pull off riding a little morgan if the horse moves large, but I’m not one of them. We just look goofy :p

  3. RaeOfLight says:

    I think it depends a lot on the horse and person in question. If the person has really long legs, a shorter horse will look fine if it has a nice round barrel. Conversely, someone with shorter legs and a longer torso will look fine if the horse has a longer neck.

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